Christmas Non-Dinner

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After the Thanksgiving debacle, I started to think about trying something different for Christmas.

The whole idea behind these elaborate holiday meals is to add to the happy memories and create something really special that enhances your family traditions.


Well, after Thanksgiving, I realized that while I thought I was making a special meal for my family, I was really just spending a bunch of money and time cooking something half of them didn’t even like. And that was, in fact, not creating something special and memorable. I don’t want my kids growing up remembering that mom cooked stuff they didn’t like at the holidays.

I do think they will grow up (and hopefully out) of their present state of picky-eater-ness; but in the meantime they don’t like the traditional holiday dinners, so why am I killing myself making them?

Not only that, but my own memories of the past few Christmases are of my husband and kids playing with all the new toys while I fretted over when to start the gravy.

So this year I asked Jim what he thought about bagging the fancy meal and cooking something that would a) be less work, and b) garner fewer complaints.

He was up for it, so I made a plan: Cook something nice on Christmas Eve (like a turkey), and assemble a casserole (like turkey-noodle) to be heated up on Christmas Day.

It was a great plan, but we were so busy on Christmas Eve, that I did not make the nice dinner.

Or assemble a casserole.

Even so, on Christmas day we had homemade cinnamon rolls –

And homemade cheese dip (it was supposed to be a cheese ball but I do not excel at reading directions) –

And mini meatball sandwiches that were unbelievably delicious –

And it was perfect.

The kids were so busy playing that they had to be nagged to eat anything at all, never mind something elaborate.

And by elaborate, I mean food that requires silverware.

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7 Responses to “Christmas Non-Dinner”

  1. hi kooky Says:

    Yum! A fantastic variation! Cinnamon rolls mmmm…
    hi kooky´s last blog post ..merry

  2. Theresa Says:

    I think that is a great idea!! I don’t think you need to eat turkey for Thanksgiving or ham for Christmas..whatever works for your family may just become your family tradition! Those meatball sandwiches do look good!
    Theresa´s last blog post ..Christmas

  3. Jessica Says:

    Love it! It makes perfect sense to me. The sandwiches do look yummy…….
    Jessica´s last blog post ..Blizzard Reflections

  4. J. Ho. Says:

    ah. the joys of making shit simple. love it! deb i thought you might be tickled to know…even though we don’t actually “know” each other, i feel like i know what’s going on in your life…I’M PREGNANT!!! you can read my latest post on my blog…i am so excited!

  5. Deb @ Green V-Neck Says:

    Mmmm, those sandwiches look yummy. I’m trying to think of what we ate…oh, yeah, I made a vegan shepherd’s pie.
    Deb @ Green V-Neck´s last blog post ..A quick December wrap-up

  6. J. Ho. Says:

    i could tear up those cinnamon rolls right now…food is a major deal to me now…it was pretty big before i was pregnant…aaahhhh. food.
    J. Ho.´s last blog post ..OMG!!!

  7. Connie Weiss Says:

    I was going to make cinnamon rolls but I was too busy.

    And now I’m fatter than I was and probably don’t think I should make them now.

    I was pissed about how long Thanksgiving took to make. I wanted to get KFC.
    Connie Weiss´s last blog post ..Christmas 2010